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|Pilot FCPO Heihachi Kawai (KIA)
Co-Pilot Sea1c Hikojirō Inoue (KIA)
Observer PO2c Yuichi Watarai (KIA)
Observer Sea2c Shigeyuki Kuwana (KIA)
Radio PO1c Ryuji Morikawa (KIA)
Radio PO3c Takejirō Ueda (KIA)
Mechanic PO1c Mairu Ōtsuka (KIA)
Mechanic PO2c Shigeyuki Miyamoto (KIA)
Crashed March 21, 1942
Over the target alone, it was intercepted by a pair of RAAF 75 Squadron P-40 Kittyhawk piloted by Wackett and Cox, that had arrived at 7-Mile Drome only two hours previously. They climbed to the bomber at 10,000' from astern quarter, and both fired ten separate bursts. The bomber attempted to skid, hide in a cloud and jettisoned its bombs. Cox scored hits on the port engine that streamed black smoke and oil. Wackett hit the right engine. The bomber exploded and dived into the sea, one mile west of Basilisk beacon to west of Port Moresby.
As RAAF P-40E Kittyhawks had only just arrived, Port Moresby signals held down a morse key, in a crude attempt to jam any radio warning. Later, it was noted that Rabaul called the bomber for hours afterwards on the radio, unaware it had been shot down by fighters.
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